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Ambrosian Singers

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The Ambrosian Singers are one of the best-known London choral groups, particularly esteemed for their wide variety of recorded repertory. The group's founding was connected to the beginnings of the post-World War II early music movement in England. One of its co-founders was Denis Stevens (b. 1922), a British musicologist and viola player who joined the BBC Music Department in 1949 and developed programs of Renaissance and early Baroque music. The other was John McCarthy (b. 1919), a professional tenor soloist. They organized the Ambrosian Singers as a small, professional chorus in 1951. The group's aim was to give authentic, accurate performances of the complex polyphonic choral music of the medieval and Renaissance eras. Its first professional engagement involved the musical illustrations for the BBC Series The History of Western Music, which was primarily Stevens' production. In so doing the group sampled a wide repertory in addition to its primary area of interest. Stevens left the BBC and went to Cornell University in the U.S. in 1955, ending his formal ties with the group. In 1956, a group of six solo singers from the choir founded the Ambrosian Consort. Since then, the organization of the Ambrosian Singers has evolved into a talent pool of some 700 professional singers available for work in concerts, operas, recording, and films and television. Groups drawn from the 700 perform under the original name, the Ambrosian Opera Chorus, the John McCarthy Singers, and others. While John McCarthy was choral director for the London Symphony Orchestra (1961-1966), the group called the "London Symphony Orchestra Chorus" was, in fact, the Ambrosian Singers. The organization is considered ideal for specific recording projects, for it can provide a choir of experienced studio singers of the needed size and type of experience for anything from Baroque operas to film scores. It participated in the great RCA Classic Film Scores series. Aside from purely classical work, it has participated in numerous Christmas albums and appeared on albums with such pop and rock artists as Neil Diamond, Grace Jones, Van Morrison, and Julie Andrews. Its original film score credits include Brainstorm, Krull, Chariots of Fire, Sphinx, and The Secret of NIMH, and in such film score excerpt albums as Cinema Italiano: Film Scores of Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota (conducted by Henry Mancini), collections of Miklos Rozsa scores, and original scores from MGM Classic Musicals.
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  2.   It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  3.   Gather Around the Christmas Tree
  4.   O Come All Ye Faithful
  5.   Hallelujah Chorus
  6.   Away in a Manger
  7.   Silent Night
  8.   Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  9.   In a Monastery Garden featuring John Lanchbery
  10.   O come, all ye faithful, 'Adeste fideles' (Oakley) (arr. Mackerras)
  11.   America the Beautiful
  12.   I Wonder as I Wander
  13.   Silver Bells
  14.   Meditations on a Theme by John Blow: Interlude
  15.   O Christmas Tree
  16.   A Prayer to the Infant Jesus
  17.   Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": V. Presto "O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!" - Allegro assai, "Ode to Joy"
  18.   Columbia, The Gem of the Ocean
  19.   Messiah highlights (ed. Basil Lam): For unto us a Child is born (Chorus) featuring Charles Mackerras
  20.   Veni Sancte Spiritus
  21.   Sanctus & Benedictus
  22.   Les Biches: Rondeau featuring Georges Prêtre
  23.   Schicksalslied, for choir and orchestra, Op.54: Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll featuring London Philharmonic Orchestra
  24.   Schicksalslied, for choir and orchestra, Op.54: Allegro featuring London Philharmonic Orchestra
  25.   In a Persian Market featuring John Lanchbery
  26.   I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  27.   Here We Come a-Caroling (The Wassail Song)
  28.   Wassail Song
  29.   What Child Is This
  30.   Adeste Fideles by London Festival Orchestra
  31.   We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  32.   Naughty Marietta: Ah! sweet mystery of life (Song of the fountain) featuring Barbara Hendricks
  33.   Gloria
  34.   Messiah highlights (ed. Basil Lam): Hallelujah (Chorus) featuring Charles Mackerras
  35.   Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante - Moderato
  36.   Angels We Have Heard on High
  37.   The Little Drummer Boy
  38.   Mary's Little Boy Child
  39.   O Come, Little Children
  40.   The Holly and the Ivy
  41.   Requiem à la memoire de Louis XVI in C minor: V. Sanctus featuring Riccardo Muti
  42.   Joy to the World
  43.   Angels from the Realms of Glory
  44.   Solomon HWV67: From the censer curling rise (ed. Basil Lam) by Yehudi Menuhin
  45.   There's No Christmas Like a Home Christmas
  46.   Grainger: There Was a Pig Went Out To Dig
  47.   Requiem à la memoire de Louis XVI in C minor: VI. Pie Jesu featuring Riccardo Muti
  48.   Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": II. Molto Vivace
  49.   While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  50.   Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
  51.   Requiem à la memoire de Louis XVI in C minor: II. Graduale featuring Riccardo Muti
  52.   Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume featuring English Chamber Orchestra
  53.   Requiem à la memoire de Louis XVI in C minor: VII. Agnus Dei featuring Riccardo Muti
  54.   Requiem à la memoire de Louis XVI in C minor: III. Dies irae featuring Riccardo Muti
  55.   Coronation Anthems, HWV 258-61: Zadok the Priest by Yehudi Menuhin
  56.   Meditations on a Theme by John Blow: Finale
  57.   O du fröhliche (arr. Mackerras)
  58.   Ave miles caelestis curiae
  59.   Requiem à la memoire de Louis XVI in C minor: I. Introitus & Kyrie featuring Riccardo Muti
  60.   Good Christian Men, Rejoice
  61.   Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": IV. Presto
  62.   The First Noel
  63.   Once in Royal David's City
  64.   Requiem à la memoire de Louis XVI in C minor: IV. Offertorium featuring Riccardo Muti

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